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I finally found a game to wear Domino out!
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I've been trying over the past year to find something for Domino to do that isn't too strenuous on his remaining legs. But apparently a 2yr old Australian Shepherd can't be worn out that easy lol. We even went through a 6 week nose work class, which he hated. 

A few week ago at work, we were having a staff meeting about handling dangerous/aggressive animals and we watched a video from Dr. Sophia Yin. I noticed in her video that with her personal animals and some client animals that she was using a target. I've seen trainers use targets before and I guess I always thought that my dogs weren't well trained enough to do something like that lol. 

I broke down and made a simple target, nothing fancy and it cost me about $2 to make. I bought a small dowel rod, and on one end I attached a small rubber ball (a tennis ball could be used, but Domino is way too into tennis balls), on the other end I made myself a handle and attached a clicker (I'll try to get pics later today). I started gradually with him and slowly worked up to where we are now, but he absolutely loves his touch games!! Usually by the end of our session he is panting and wants to lay down! We do simple things like touching the ball at different heights and angles, and more difficult stuff like touching the ball over furniture and on light switches. I think our next step will be to buy the Fit Paws targets to teach him to go to place all around the house. 

We work with the target once a day, and it seems to do the trick. I guess my Domino is much smarter than I gave him credit for 😉

Cassie and Domino

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Domino had his left front leg amputate on May 13th 2014 after being hit by a car. He's now living a happy healthy life on three legs :)

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Yaaaay! Yes there are tons of fun things you can do with targets, we're so glad you discovered it!

We used target training to teach Jerry how to let us know he had to go outside to potty. Before we did this activity with him, he would scratch at a wooden door to let us know he wanted out. To keep the door from getting more scratched up, we hung a little bell on the door knob, used a wand to show him how to ring the bell, then immediately opened the door and threw a treat outside to let him know that good stuff happens when he rings the bell. After he picked up on it, he never scratched that door up again.

If you're ever interested in doing a blog post/video you know the drill 😉 We would LOVE one about this activity.

What an awesome Mom you are, keep up the great work!

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Yes Cassie, we must have .VIDEO...VIDEO...VIDEO!!! What a great way to train and entertain at the same time! Domino is a very smart voy indeed!way-cool

And Merry, you were very smart ro train your humans to give you a treat everytime they heard a bell ring!winker

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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